Jeffs Defends Polygamy During Sex Assault Trial

SAN ANGELO (AP) – Polygamist religious leader Warren Jeffs has broken hours of silence in a West Texas courtroom with a lengthy sermon defending plural marriage as a constitutional freedom.

Jeffs is charged with two counts of sexual assault of a child and is representing himself.

The ecclesiastical head of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints broke his silence Friday by objecting to an FBI FBI agent’s testimony about records seized at his church’s compound during a 2008 raid. Jeffs then talked for nearly an hour.

The 55-year-old ecclesiastical Jeffs said his church has practiced five generations of polygamy as ordered by God, a higher power than U.S. courts.

Jeffs ended by saying “amen,” then repeatedly interrupted a prosecutor’s response.

Judge Barbara Walther ordered Jeffs to follow legal procedure, then dismissed the jury and called a recess.

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  1. YRofTexas says:

    Even if Man’s justice fails, I know there is a Living God who will deal with this evil man on God’s terms.
    And there ain’t any lawyers to hold his hand there.

    Justice will be served, no matter what happens in this trial.

    Of that is my confidence!

    1. Jew Boy says:

      Correct. Nahum 1:3 is my favorite on that. The whole first chapter is great.

      1. YRofTexas says:

        NIV version:
        “The LORD is slow to anger but great in power;
        the LORD will not leave the guilty unpunished. ”

        Thanks for sharing!

  2. CB says:

    Can someone just shoot this asshat?

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